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The Challenges of Workforce Aging


by SIOP Administrative Office

SIOP to Host Congressional Briefing May 12

By 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 25.6% of the civilian workforce will be 55 years or older, including an expected 8.2 million more workers between the ages of 55 and 74.

The increasing number of older Americans remaining in and rejoining the workforce has presented many challenges for federal policy makers seeking to improve programs and policies for employers and employees in terms of retirement security, job qualifications, and employee training. To address these challenges, it is imperative to understand the evidence-based practices available to complement policy efforts and promote the financial and mental well-being of older workers.

On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, SIOP will host a congressional briefing titled “The Challenges of Workforce Aging.” The briefing will explore the application of evidence-based industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology research to the challenges of workforce aging.

Speakers will discuss the science of recruitment, retention, and training for older Americans while offering evidence-based techniques and processes for reducing age-related bias, increasing retirement security, and eliminating disincentives for older workers. Speakers will include:

  • Lisa Finkelstein, Professor of Psychology, Northern Illinois University
  • Ruth Kanfer, Professor of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Mo Wang, Director of the Human Resource Research Center, University of Florida

The event will be held 11:45 am–1:00 pm, in 188 Russell Senate Office Building, with a complimentary lunch served at 11:45 am.

   If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to events@lewis-burke.com.